Kenya begins construction of the stalled Taita Taveta road project

Kenya will begin construction on the $ 18 million Taita Taveta road project, which has stalled since 2017. Wundanyi MP Danson Mwashako said the implementation of the key road has a long history as the region has been marginalized in terms of infrastructure for many years.

Construction of the road project was supposed to start four years ago. In May 2019, the Kenya National Highway Authority (Kenha) announced that it would build this road as part of the Road Pension Plan. Kenha announced that the government had already signed the project contract with the company to pave the way for budgeting by the Treasury Department. However, the project failed for financial reasons.

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Bad road infrastructure

The road project includes the asphalting of the Msau-Mbale-Werugha-Mgange-Bura road. MP Mwashako said the winning contractor will soon be building a construction site in Wundanyi city to start rehabilitation of the road.

The MP in Congress pointed out that the road infrastructure in the constituency is the worst. Since Kenya gained independence in 1963, only one kilometer of the road has been paved. He said the road rehabilitation will be an important opening of the agriculturally rich area for markets in the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa. It will enable horticultural and dairy farmers in Taita Hills to easily move agricultural products to market centers in Voi and Mombasa.

“My constituency has only been asphalted for one kilometer since independence in 1963. The Taita Taveta road project will mean a lot to us. We are also pleased that the government is combining the project with the construction of a power plant in Wundanyi City to curb frequent power outages in the region, ”said Mwashako.

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